About the Position:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students, the Student Legal Services Advisor will use professional concepts to provide legal advice to UCSC students through the Student Union Assembly’s housing legal assistance program. This position requires broad knowledge of legal issues in the housing arena with a focus on landlord/tenant law and housing discrimination issues. The Student Legal Services Advisor will exercise independent judgment while working on complex issues where analysis of situations or data is required. Provides guidance and supervision to student intern personnel.
The position will advise students in matters related to off-campus housing not owned, sponsored or operated by the Regents, University of California or its affiliates (hereafter referred to as “off-campus housing”) and will not include advice for any matters related to off-campus housing or issues that involve student to student conduct or actions. The position will not serve as the attorney of record for the student or serve as the authorized representative of the student in any legal action or dispute.
The Student Legal Services Advisor will have an impact on individual students who will seek counsel regarding legal issues related to off-campus housing that may significantly impact their personal lives and/or their ability to continue making academic progress.
This position is a new position and funded through UCOP’s Housing Assistant Fund. The Student Legal Services Advisor will operate under the auspices of the Student Union Assembly (SUA, undergraduate student government) and supervised by the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students. This position is funded for two-years with the possibility of extension.
About the Department:
The Dean of Students Office at UC Santa Cruz promotes personal development and successful navigation of campus life thereby strengthening the student experience. This is accomplished by facilitating partnerships, developing policies, creating meaningful opportunities, and providing direct support to cultivate a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive UCSC community. The Dean of Students Office envisions a university where every student has limitless opportunities and support to reach their highest goals for themselves and society.
The Student Union Assembly (SUA) is the official undergraduate student government at UC Santa Cruz. The organization represents over 16,000 undergraduate students on the administrative, local, state, and federal level. Founded in 1985 to establish the Banana Slug as our official mascot, the SUA has been dedicated to over three decades of public service to the student body.
The SUA promotes activism, civic participation, discussion, debate, and awareness of public issues from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints. The SUA hosts campus-wide events, rallies, conferences, and educational forums that train students in direct action organizing, representation, and student advocacy.
JD or other law degree from a State Bar-accredited or American Bar Association-approved law school.
Extensive experience as a legal adviser and/or practicing attorney.
Demonstrated and applied skills in the legal specialty of landlord/tenant practice.
Ability to interpret housing laws and legal precedents and apply to each individual situation.
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and lead others to achieve goals and objectives.
Excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a variety of individuals at various levels.
The ability to effectively engage in complex legal analysis, problem-solving and critical-thinking.
Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with a diverse client group.
Full knowledge with computer applications, document sharing technology and research tools.
Experience writing complex documents including editing and proofreading documents with close attention to details.
High level of cultural fluency and a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to working through issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and the multiple, intersecting identities of campus community members.
Experience exercising tact and diplomacy, sensitivity and helpfulness when interacting with people from diverse cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.
Experience in conflict resolution, team building, consensus building, and/or restorative justice practices.